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Philadelphia Flyers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Philadelphia Flyers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 FINAL
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

TORONTO (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers embarrassed the Toronto Maple Leafs again.

Robert Esche made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season and Michal Handzus scored twice as the Flyers completed a home-and-home series sweep of the Maple Leafs with a 4-0 victory Saturday night.

"Every time Toronto has a break down, we put it into the net," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We have a lot of confidence playing against Toronto right now."

The Flyers also beat Toronto 4-1 on Friday night, and have outscored the Maple Leafs 21-3 in their last four meetings.

Todd Fedoruk and Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Flyers, who tied Toronto for the most points in the Eastern Conference (59).

The Flyers eliminated the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs and have won five straight regular-season games from them.

"This was a big weekend for our hockey club, especially with the way things have gone recently," said Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau, whose team had a six-game winless streak before playing Toronto.

The game featured several punishing hits, including one that broke the right arm of Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins. Desjardins is expected to miss at least six weeks after colliding with Roenick in the first period.

Roenick, who returned from a one-game NHL suspension, tried to check Toronto's Mats Sundin along the boards, but hit Desjardins instead. Desjardins, Philadelphia's top defenseman, went down clutching his arm before heading to the dressing room.

"Mats got out of the way at the last second. Eric couldn't get his arm out of the way. It got stuck in between us," Roenick said. "It's unfortunate. It hurts us."

Roenick apologized to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who said earlier this week that Roenick could been issued a three-game suspension for abuse of the officials. Roenick threw a water bottle at referee Blaine Angus after Angus missed a high-sticking infraction that left Roenick with a bloody mouth.

Roenick was critical of the NHL several times during the week.

"When I flapped my mouth as much as I have the last couple of days, it takes a lot out of me physically. I said a lot of things that maybe I shouldn't have," said Roenick, who turned 34 Thursday. "The stuff about Bettman I probably shouldn't have brought up. I apologize for that, but when you are under a lot of scrutiny and you get money taken away from you it's very frustrating."

Roenick lost $91,463.41 for his one-game suspension.

In just over a week, the Maple Leafs have lost to the top three teams in the East -- Ottawa, New Jersey, Philadelphia -- by a combined score of 16-2.

Toronto's Ed Belfour, pulled in the first period Friday after allowing three goals on 12 shots, allowed four on 24 Saturday.

"Eddie didn't have his best two games," Roenick said.

The Maple Leafs' defense let Belfour down.

Defenseman Bryan Marchment allowed Fedoruk to skate from behind the net and put the puck between Belfour's legs at 9:22 of the first.

Bryan McCabe turned the puck over beside the net before Handzus made it 2-0 nine minutes into the second.

"We made errors in our end that you can't do against the top teams," captain Mats Sundin said. "We have to have a better effort against the top teams."

Marcus Ragnarsson's shot from the point on the power play deflected off the boards to Roenick, who put the puck off Belfour's skate at 12:41 of the second. Handzus made it 4-0 on the power play just over two minutes later.

The Maple Leafs have lost four of five.

scoring summary
1st Period
Todd Fedoruk (1) ASST: Tony Amonte (18), Chris Therien (6)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
Michal Handzus (9) ASST: John Leclair (12), Mark Recchi (20)
2 - 0 PHI
PPG - Jeremy Roenick (16) ASST: Marcus Ragnarsson (7), Mike Comrie (4)
3 - 0 PHI
PPG - Michal Handzus (10) ASST: Kim Johnsson (13), Joni Pitkanen (13)
4 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Bryan McCabe  Interference against  Donald Brashear
Joni Pitkanen  Holding against  Darcy Tucker
Mike Comrie  Tripping against  Thomas Fitzgerald
Nik Antropov  Tripping against  Keith Primeau
Michal Handzus  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
2nd Period
Richard Jackman  Hi-sticking against  Mike Comrie
Simon Gagne  Roughing against  Bryan Marchment
Bryan Marchment  Elbowing against  Keith Primeau
Karel Pilar  Interference against  Justin Williams
Nik Antropov  Cross checking against  Justin Williams
Justin Williams  Interference against  Nik Antropov
3rd Period
Chris Therien  Holding against  Mats Sundin
Nathan Perrott  Hooking against  Mark Recchi
Donald Brashear  Hi-sticking against  Richard Jackman
Eric Weinrich  Interference against  Gary Roberts
Tie Domi  Roughing against  Eric Weinrich
Tie Domi  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Weinrich
Tie Domi  Misconduct (10 min) against  Eric Weinrich
goalie stats
Robert Esche
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 24TOI: 59:52
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
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